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Evil Pink Monsters and the Use of Externalization in Child CBT

Evil Pink Monsters and the Use of Externalization in Child CBT Elisa Nebolsine, LCSW On my desk sits a stack of pictures that includes: “Evil Pink Monster,” “Bob, the angry wolf,” and “Enfado,” a small bird that breathes out long flames of anger.  These pictures, all externalized images of emotion, play a crucial role in my clinical work with children.  CBT is a problem-specific type of therapy, and as such,…
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A Cognitive Explanation for Anger and Hostility

In this video from a recent Beck Institute Workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses insights from his conversation with the Dalai Lama. Dr. Beck talks about anger and hostility, and provides a hypothesis for why people overreact with anger in certain situations. He describes anger as an exaggerated response to automatic thoughts about being threatened or devalued,which are rooted in deeply held exaggerated beliefs. For CBT resources, visit our website.
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CBT reduces fear and restores function for patients after cardiac defibrillator implantation

A recent article in Current Psychiatry reviews the negative effects on quality of life for people who receive an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) for irregular heart rhythms. These effects are particularly severe after the first experience of a "shock"---or ICD discharge. Though life-saving, these high-energy electrical discharges (shocks) are typically painful, and many patients experience anxiety, anger, and a sense of helplessness. After a shock, patients instinctively begin to analyze…
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When patients get angry in session

Judith S. Beck writes in: Some therapists are quite concerned about their patients becoming angry at them. Yet when therapists respond sensitively, they can help patients learn important lessons. The first thing I do when a patient becomes angry is to elicit their automatic thoughts and positively reinforce them, in a genuine way. "I'm so glad you told me that." And I am glad. If there's a problem, I want…
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Alternatives to Drugs for Hyperactive Children? Psychotherapy Can Help

  A recent NY Times article talks about the prevalence of ADHD in children, and parents who want to avoid drugs like Ritalin. The American Psychological Association in fact recommends that parents consider non-drug treatment first for children. The article discusses one family that used new parenting techniques to help with their son's ADHD, and also says that Cognitive Behavior Therapy has been demonstrated to help teach children how to improve their anger, frustration, depression, and anxiety. We…
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